Super Easy Goya Recipes

Super Easy Goya Recipes

Trying to work around a family with different dietary needs can be difficult.  Whenever I find a recipe that the kids enjoy, I know it’s a keeper…especially when one won’t eat meat. When I came across Goya’s recipe for Black Bean Quesadillas, it looked like something my family might enjoy.  I decided to use a corn/flour tortilla combination for this recipe.  I couldn’t locate Pico de Gallo, so I substituted salsa by draining it.  I reserved the salsa liquid for anyone who wanted to dip the quesadilla into it. I…

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Cakes

I was raised in a family of crab lovers.  As a child, my grandmother introduced me to crabbing and enjoying steamed blue crabs.  She lived near Baltimore, Maryland at the time, and the competition was fierce for the best crab cakes. When I became a teenager and lived in Virginia Beach, she would take us crabbing.  We had various crab traps and tied chicken onto the traps in order to catch crabs off the Lynnhaven Fishing Pier.  We spent hours there checking those traps.  I enjoyed that time at the…

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Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

Happy Father’s Day – The Letter My Dad Requested

My father’s high school photo. It’s funny how you can grow up in your family unit and never realize that your parents are actually human beings who had a life before you existed. This whole thought struck me when one of my daughters said to me, “I don’t really know anything about you even though I’ve known you my whole life.” It’s not as though any of us try to keep our “previous” lives a secret from our children. We just become Mom and Dad and that’s what our children…

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Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

Happy Mother’s Day – to my Mom

My mother holding me June 1970.  Does she even look like she had a kid my size? I grew up well.  When I say that, I just knew how fortunate I was in comparison to other people.  I had two intelligent parents, a large home, and never really needed anything.  Don’t confuse that with being spoiled because I’m sure all of my sisters would agree with me that we weren’t spoiled.  We were taken care of properly, but nothing was overdone or over excessive.  I believe that was a good…

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Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

Blonde and Red Hair – Double the Fun!

My daughter, Christina, is an artist. With that, I guess I expect her to come home with rainbow colored hair and to veer off from the “norm” of every day plain and simple when it comes to appearance. She wanted to do something different with her hair and has naturally colored auburn hair. She had an idea to do some sort of two toned hair with blonde in the front, and red in the back. I’m not a hairdresser, but I do love to save money, and I was interested…

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Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

Food Preservation in the Little Town that Could

When I tell people I live in New York, an automatic assumption seems to be that I live in New York City. Thoughts of large buildings and the hustle and bustle of city life seem to step into the minds of those who ask. I often have to explain that I’m NORTH of New York City, but not in it. My children watch horses while they wait for the school bus, and, on many occasion, we’ve stepped out into our yard to find we were entertaining guests that consisted of…

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Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

Gaudy Chicken Lamp – From Old to New

My husband laughed as he steered me toward a hideous chicken lamp at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.  He knows I love chickens, so the peeling silver chicken sitting on an old sugar bucket struck him as amusing.  He was correct.  I thought it was tacky myself, but I couldn’t resist the idea of possibly making it look a little better to put a little fun into our house. He laughed as he took it to the counter and asked, “How much will you pay me to take this away?”…

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Reflections of 2012

Reflections of 2012

No matter how old I get, it seems I’m constantly reminded of what I never seem to learn.  Despite my age and experience in life, I still tend to trust too much, to believe people will do the right thing by others, and believe friends support friends and family supports family. If you’ve never read Ann Frank’s Diary, it’s an amazing read considering her age.  From a young girl, such deep thoughts are conjured up regarding human beings.  When I think of what she personally had gone through in the…

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Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving Then and Now

Thanksgiving always leads me to think about holidays of the past.  While I’m preparing food, my thoughts turn to my grandmother who was the self-proclaimed matriarch of the family.  Whether or not she actually was is undetermined when you’re one of many independent women in the family, but we let her believe it. My grandmother – AKA “Betty Baby” when we wanted to make her laugh.  She kept those fabulous legs until the day she left this world. My grandmother didn’t socialize much outside of the family after my grandfather…

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Hatching Chicks in a Homemade Hatchery

Hatching Chicks in a Homemade Hatchery

One of my daughters decided to take a science research class this year.  She wanted to think of something great and wonderful – like the kid who decided to hatch up some sea monkeys.  “Did you know they’re just shrimp, Mom?”   As a matter of fact, as a child, the discovery that sea monkeys were just shrimp was actually one of my biggest disappointments in life.   They never quite looked like the 1970’s advertising display of sea monkeys that looked like they were crowned king and queen of…

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